Record-breaking Awesome Games Done Quick raises over $3 million

Speedruns weren't the only records being broken at this year's Awesome Games Done Quick, which raised a grand total of $3,133,898.56. That's more than $700,000 higher than last year's AGDQ, and $100,000 more than the previous Summer Games Done Quick. The money raised from these 54,160 individual donations goes to the Prevent Cancer Foundation.

Some of the highlights have been uploaded to YouTube and others are available on Twitch—you can see a list of the complete collection at the GDQ VODs website. Among those especially worth checking out are the Fallout Anthology run by Tomotoangus (with a silent g), who made compelling use of props to explain how it was done, Amid Evil being run by Psych0sis with the game's designers chiming in over the internet, the first ever run of The Outer Worlds at AGDQ by Sharo, and another first at AGDQ, Terraria. That one has some ups and downs to say the least, but it was saved by speedrunner Badger's relentless positivity and sense of humor.

There are plenty more to see as well if you've got the time, although I might skip the co-op relay on Final Fantasy 8 that went for nine hours and 10 minutes myself.

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, Five Out of Ten Magazine, and, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.